A last ditch attempt to prevent two Mpumalanga ANC factions from going to a potentially devastating court battle failed again last night.
Lawyers representing the two factions failed to reach a settlement after two days of engagement, thus, paving the way for a historic court battle for the control of the organisation in the province.
The faction loyal to ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa wants the dissolution of Mpumalanga ANC PEC and two regional executive committees and the nullification of candidates lists for the provincial and national legislatures.
The PEC is not taking us seriously
If they are successful, it could potentially mean an end to the ten year stranglehold of Mpumalanga province by the faction loyal to ANC deputy president, David Mabuza.
Spokesperson for the applicants, Jealous Nyalunga, told Ziwaphi – The New Era that they rejected ANC PEC’s overtures.
“They offered to dissolve Bohlabela and Ehlanzeni regional executive committees and the establishment of an inclusive task team, but they wanted to keep the PEC intact, but we rejected it,” he said.
Nyalunga accused the PEC of not taking them seriously and said that the dissolution of RECs is meaningless.
“Their offer is embarrassing because RECs have delegated powers. The PEC can establish an REC but strip it off those powers,” he said.
The ANC NEC is conspicuously absent in the negotiations, even though they’re the first respondents.
The organisation’s constitution gives the NEC the powers to dissolve the PEC, thus the PEC cannot give such an undertaking.
A victory for the applicants, however, would work in favour of the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma lobby which is led by the organisation’s Secretary-General, Ace Magashule.
Magashule is on record as having said that Ramaphosa-led ANC is not a genuine ANC.
Another implication of the case is that if the application to declare Mpumalanga ANC candidate invalid succeed, then the party has already missed the 13 March 2019 deadline to submit lists of candidates to the IEC.
That potentially could mean that Mpumalanga ANC may not participate in the 2019 provincial and national elections.
The case is set for hearing this morning.
ANC spokesperson, Sasekani Manzini declined to comment on the offer that the PEC made to the applicant and the claims that the lawyer representing the PEC had withdraw due to non-payment.
“The ANC will be represented in court and the rest are internal processes,” she said.